andrew + elena :: trailside event center | peoria, il wedding
Five days before Christmas day, Andrew and Elena came together as one at the Trailside Event Center in Peoria, IL. These two were high school sweethearts and they had been together for many years. The cold, winter day was filled with warm hearts as friends and family came together to celebrate this union.
As the three of us were planning the wedding, Andrew and Elena had a quite unusual request from me. They explained how they wanted the ceremony to be an "in the moment" kind of thing. They then asked that I not take any photos during the ceremony at all. This was a first for me, so I honestly wasn't sure what to think of it, but oh my goodness was I wrong. Their ceremony was so beautiful, intentional, and simple. I loved having the opportunity to just enjoy it with everyone else. My favorite thing they did was their unity ceremony. The two mothers went to the back of the rows with candles and lit each side, then each person lit each other's candles. The pastor went on to say that Andrew and Elena asked that they do their unity ceremony in this way to show their appreciation for all of those who have supported them and helped them through their relationship. Wow. So powerful. It was an absolutely beautiful evening.
Thank you <3
"I chose Soul Focus Photography to capture my wedding day and I am so glad I did. I am very awkward when it comes to taking pictures, but Allison made it such a smooth process. Here are a few points I found important: 1. Soul Focus Photography is so easy to work with. She responds quickly to questions. She is flexible with changes. She goes over the details of the wedding day thoroughly and lays everything out so it is easy to understand. 2. She is dedicated to capturing beautiful moments, even if the weather is not cooperating. My wedding day was cold, dreary, and wet. However, we still have beautiful wedding photos because of her hard work. 3. Soul Focus is reasonably priced. Everything for weddings is SO expensive, especially when it comes to photography. Allison is competitively priced and one of the best deals out there. 4. Allison knows what she is doing. During some of the pictures, I couldn't imagine what they would look like. But the photos are truly beautiful. Trust her to capture those moments.
I really can't thank her enough for her work. The pictures turned out so much better than I could have hoped for. I will be able to look back at my wedding day for years to come and show others the pictures with pride. Thank you, Soul Focus Photography!"
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Majestic (https://trailsideeventcenter.com/)
Cake + Cupcakes: Trefzger’s Bakery (https://www.trefzgersbakery.com/)
Hair + Makeup: Identity Salon // Stylist-Lauren (https://www.identitypeoria.com/)
Videographer: A Reel Life Moment (http://areellifemoment.com/?fbclid=IwAR2eYULat_3aAAvQP60umbqqvKNeiUS01k_26-KPVRSmgeDLhQ8dkMPAYcU)
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